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A story about magic and the captivating power of dreams.

A curse plagues the realm of Azenor—during each new moon, magic flows from the nearby mountain and brings nightmares to life. Only magicians, who serve as territory wardens, stand between people and their worst dreams.

Clementine Madigan is ready to take over as the warden of her small town, but when two magicians challenge her, she is unwittingly drawn into a century-old conflict. She seeks revenge, but as she secretly gets closer to Phelan, one of the handsome young magicians, secrets begin to rise. Clementine must unite with her rival to fight the realm’s curse, which seems to be haunting her every turn.

496 pages, Kindle Edition

First published November 2, 2021

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Rebecca Ross

8 books3,886 followers
Rebecca Ross is the New York Times and #1 Sunday Times Bestselling author of fantasy novels for teens and adults. She lives in the Appalachian foothills of Northeast Georgia with her husband, their lively Australian Shepherd, a flock of chickens, and an endless pile of books.

DIVINE RIVALS, SISTERS OF SWORD & SONG, DREAMS LIE BENEATH, and The Queen's Rising Duology are her titles for teen readers. The Elements of Cadence Duology (A RIVER ENCHANTED and A FIRE ENDLESS) are her novels for adults.

When not writing, she can be found reading or in her garden, where she grows wildflowers and story ideas. Find her on Instagram @beccajross or online at www.rebeccarossauthor.com.

Rebecca is represented by Suzie Townsend of New Leaf Literary & Media.

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2,534 reviews32.4k followers
October 19, 2022
continuing my deep dive into RRs bibliography to determine if she belongs on my favourite authors list. and with this book... i think she might!

i really enjoyed the unique plot, atmospheric world-building, relatable characters, and pretty writing. theres honestly nothing to not like about this.

and can you believe this is a standalone?! i feel like the ability to create a single, self-contained YA fantasy story has been lost nowadays, so i will always praise when an author can do it well. 

all in all, this is another great book by RR and one i would easily recommend.

4.5 stars
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3,463 reviews9,618 followers
December 12, 2021
4.5 Stars

I’m not sure I know what all was going on, but who gives a rats arse, I enjoyed it 😉😏

Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾

Oh, and I’m pissed I got the Owlcrate box with this book in it. I’ve been skipping the boxes but I was interested in this book. I should have known they’d put a crappy cover. I’m going to slowly delete these book boxes that cost too much. Ok, rant over. I’m trading in this edition and getting the original cover.

The end ….
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339 reviews128 followers
January 2, 2022
Looking at the beautiful cover of the book, as promising as it seemed to me, I did not find anything enjoyable in it. On the contrary, from beginning to end, I was confused the whole time with this poorly written story. Even the main characters were shallowly portrayed here. I put it down and picked it up multiple times, but it just never improved.
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369 reviews542 followers
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November 5, 2021
the night circus meets the cruel prince? brb i’m gonna go scream now
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May 14, 2021
This book was utterly divine. So original, with its unique twits and turns, I had zero clue where the plot was going and I loved that feeling. YA books lately seem to have about two plot options and the reader's only hope is that at least the characters might be original. But this was a cut above. So evocative, so lush, so potent and raw. Ross is definitely becoming an autobuy author for me.
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91 reviews27 followers
May 16, 2023
Wow wow wow
چی بگم؟ از کجاش بگم؟ این کتاب از لحظه اول ادمو به خودش حسابی جذب میکنه و دلت نمیخواد بزاریش کنار. نفرینی عجیب که منبعش کابوس ادما هست و مدافعانی که وظیفشون مبارزه با این کابوس ها هست... فقط فکرشو بکن کابوس که دیدی و ترسوندت، کابوسی که از عمق رازها و ترسهات تشکیل میشه بخواد یهو واقعی بشه و بقیه هم اونو ببینن... جالبه مگه نه؟😈
من بلد نیستم شخصیت پردازی تجزیه تحلیل کنم یا دنیا سازی و ... ولی میدونم به عنوان به خواننده از لحظه به لحظه چیزی که خوندم لذت بردم، از حماقتای کلِم ،از سادگی فلین و حتی از راز و رمزای باباهه(چه حرصی خوردم با بابای کلِم😂یبارم که شخصیت اصلی یتیم نبود، باباش عجیب بود😂)
پ.ن۱: بشدت از دوستام ممنونم که این کتابو برام خریدن و باعث شدن که بخونمش چون اگه به خودم بودم خنگ تر از اینا بودم که بفهمم چقدر این کتاب جذابه🤭😂
پ.ن۲: ما خواهان جلد دو هستیم یکی بره اینو به نویسنده بگه🚶🏻‍♀️
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230 reviews
December 7, 2021
Rating this so low was not something I wanted, the concept sounds amazing and the cover is beautiful. But it didn’t deliver what I expected and it left so many things underdeveloped.

There are spoilers in this review.

What I expected was badass magicians protecting their towns from nightmares manifesting throughout the night during full moons. But then we got to the first full moon and it was extremely anticlimactic. I thought there would be multiple nightmares, but apparently just a single one manifest and they defeated that one by lifting a rock.

They hardly even used magic to defeat the nightmares and because the magic was so underused, the magic system was underdeveloped. There are several kinds of magic, that influence different things. But for a book about magic, it really didn’t get to play its part and I still have several questions how it works.

Like, people with magic doesn’t cast shadows. Did we get an answer for why that is? I certainly don’t remember it, so at most it is described in passing.

I also don’t really understand the point of the wardens. They take a remedy so they don’t dream, and therefore they have no nightmares that can manifest during the full moon. So why not let everyone take these remedies? Then there would be no nightmares at all that could pop up. I think it was explained by the remedies being to expensive for everyone or something. But why are the wardens charging for them? Do they want to risk their life?

Also, when Clem and Phelan doesn’t succeed in defeating a nightmare, they simply lock themselves in their house until it passes. So you don’t even need to defeat them? Everyone can just lock themselves up for the night and it passes? So why don’t people just do that?

Because Clem is definitely not the best person to send out to battle nightmares. She hesitates why too much and gets too emotional. She knows the people in the nightmares aren’t real, but still can’t “kill” them, because they look like people she knows. Even when she supposedly gets half her heart turned to stone and as a result should be way colder.

And I was promised court intrigue, but there was nothing of the sort. Well, maybe the last 100 pages had some sort of subplot that could fall into that category. But definitely not enough. Clem was also supposed to take down the Vespers, but the wrote like 4 lines for an “exposé”, then she immediately gives up that plan. So that was also a huge let down. All because Phelan was better than she thought, but that romance did nothing for me and felt forced.

And in the end we’re left with so many questions, but mainly; what happens to all the wardens now? The one thing this book was supposed to be about and we don’t even resolve it?

I also can’t drop the names, Clementine and Phelan. Did Ross lose a dare or something? I can’t see any other reason for the name choice, there’re very unfortunate in my opinion.

Another book with promise unfulfilled, think I’m going to have to create a new shelf to that…
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May 5, 2023
چند سال پیش وقتی کتاب فانتزی می‌خوندم یه حس خیلی خاصی داشتم. شاید همون موقع متوجهش نبودم ولی از یه روزی به بعد کتاب‌ها دیگه اون حس رو نداشتند. این کتاب دوباره همون حس رو زنده کرد.
واقعا چی از قشنگ‌تر از فانتزی برای خوندن هست؟

شخصیت‌های جذاب و یه داستان سرگرم کننده.
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369 reviews977 followers
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October 11, 2021
I received this complimentary ARC from the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.

YES!!! YES!!! YES!!! I can't wait to read this!!! Thank you! Thank you! :D

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297 reviews78 followers
January 9, 2023
اگه کابوس از توی خوابات سر در بیاره و وارد خیابونای شهر بشه چیکار می‌کنی؟
یه تک جلدی دارک و قشنگ با شخصیتای خاکستری و قابل درک.
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173 reviews109 followers
October 24, 2021
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for an ARC in exchange for an honest review!

4 stars

Dreams Lie Beneath is magical and captivating, the best kind of fairytale to become enraptured with. Rebecca Ross has crafted a promising debut with whimsical writing, an intricate storyline, and phenomenal world building, some so luscious and terrifying that it captures you from the moment you first set sight on the world of Azenor.

This book follows Clementine Madigan, the daughter of two talented magicians, as well as gifted herself, in the art of guarding humans from their own nightmares. She and her father guard their hometown of Hereswith, where on each new moon the villagers’ nightmares come to life. That is, until one new moon arrives, and along with it, two young magicians bent on challenging Clementine and her father for the role of dream warden of Hereswith. Blinded by rage and revenge, Clementine disguises herself and unites with one of the young magicians, Phelan, intent of reclaiming her home.

But what she does not account for is how Phelan may be different than she first believed him to be, and that the new moon nightmares may be hiding much more sinister beneath.

"But sometimes things must break before they can be made whole again, so that they can be forged into something stronger."

It would be an injustice to this wondrous story to fail to mention the exquisite world building and magic system. While the premise of this novel is intriguing, it is nothing compared to what lies inside. Rebecca Ross is a master storyteller, so skilled with her words that I felt immediately enraptured from the first few chapters. The walls of my bedroom faded away, replaced by the nightmarish, yet dream-like surroundings of the world of Azenor.

The magic of this realm is unlike anything I have ever read or heard about—and I can say that without a single doubt in my mind. Ross’ story is truly unique, something entirely her own, and entirely magnificent.

And just as amazing, if not more so, is the plot and storyline of the book. Dreams Lie Beneath has too many twists to count, as it dances the line between a dream and a nightmare. The last quarter of this book eliminated any pre-conceived notions I held towards the story, with a twist I never could have imagined. Ross holds the same skill with her worldbuilding as with her ability to weave together words to form breathtaking lines.

What appears to be a straight-forward young adult fantasy novel is really anything but, as Ross subtly adds in details that seem to be simple at first but are apart of a much bigger plot than I had guessed. She is a genius at subtle storytelling, achieving an ending that is only that much more spectacular because of it.

"One does not realize how powerful a dream is, in the sleeping world as well as the waking one, until it has been stolen from them."

And now, to touch upon the reason why this book was, unfortunately, not a full five stars for me.

While the storytelling, world, and magic was wondrous and captivating, it was not enough to make the story a favorite for me. Objectively, this book is fantastic—well-written, masterfully told, and meticulously organized. But subjectively, I simply could not connect to the characters.

This book would have a much lower rating for me if I had not been able to connect to the main character, Clementine, but luckily, she was the only character I truly liked. Clem is fierce and snarky, talented and ambitious. With similar traits to Jude from The Cruel Prince, she is an unapologetic heroine, and easily admirable to me. I don’t think she will become one of my all-time favorite female characters, but she was fantastic compared to the rest of the cast of the story.

While Clementine was wonderful, the rest of the characters in the story felt a bit…well, boring. I hate to say it because I enjoyed the rest of this story so much, but it’s true. It really dampened my enjoyment throughout some parts of the book. And yes, this group of characters includes Phelan, the love interest of this book.

I have a feeling that many people will absolutely love Phelan. He is a classic young adult fantasy protagonist—broody, mysterious, but adorable and sweet. As I mentioned before, I really wanted to love him, and the only reason I did not is because I felt disconnected from his character. He is objectively a very well-written character, but subjectively, he’s just not for me I suppose. Even so, I will not be surprised if he becomes very popular among readers when this book releases.

While most of the characters were a miss for me, I have a feeling they will receive more development as the series continued, and I am excited to hopefully fall in love with them.

"You challenged me as if you were a nightmare on a new moon."

I truly cannot rave enough about Dreams Lie Beneath. Having been compared to books like The Night Circus and Sorcery of Thorns I would even go so far as to say it exceeds those stories. This book is a hidden gem, one that would be a crime to not give a chance. I promise you, you will not be disappointed.

Release Date: November 2, 2021
Page Count: 496 pages
Perfect for fans of: The Cruel Prince, The Night Circus, Sorcery of Thorns
Representation: a sapphic relationship between two side characters
Tropes: enemies to lovers, hidden identities, forced proximity, rival families (and much more)
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July 19, 2020
Court intrigue? The Cruel Prince kind of intrigue? I’M SO IN.
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179 reviews122 followers
February 18, 2023
کلمنتین مدیگان، جادوگر جوانیه که به عنوان کارآموز پدرش و پا به پای او، کابوس هایی رو که تجسم حقیقی پیدا می کنن از پا درمیاره و از جهان بیداری به جهان خواب برمی گردونه. اما وقتی پای رازهایی قدیمی به میون میاد و کم کم ماهیت کابوس ها و اتفاقاتی که در گذشته افتاده و با حال گره خورده برملا میشه، زندگی کلمنتین هم در مسیر دیگه ای قرار می گیره. مسیری که به بزرگترین دشمنش، فیلین وسپر، منتهی میشه...
کتابی درباره رویاهای فراموش شده، کابوس هایی که از عالم خواب به عالم بیداری راه پیدا می کنن و البته که جادو! اونم جادویی بسیار زیاد و بی حد و مرز.
فضای کلاسیک سنگینی بر داستان حاکمه. انگار که قصه در لندن ویکتوریایی جریان داشته باشه، البته لندنی که پر از جادوئه! همین فضای کلاسیک برای من این تصور رو ایجاد می کرد که دارم یه رمان جین آستین گونه ی جادویی می خونم! حسی که در هنگام خوندن رمان های Sorcery of Thorns و Uprooted داشتم و از این جهت، این کتاب رو هم از نظر تشابه فضا و داستان در کنار اون دو قرار/پیشنهاد می دم.
کلمنتین، شخصیت اصلی داستان جسور، مغرور و در مواقع لزوم شروره! همین باعث شد که از همون فصل های اولیه به راحتی بپذیرمش و باهاش همراه بشم.
فیلین هم به عنوان شخصیت دوم داستان بسیار دوست داشتنی بود و اون ادب، متانت و جنتلمنی خاصی که داشت، بهش شخصیت متفاوت و منحصر به فردی نسبت به شخصیت های مرد غالباً زبون باز و مغرور داستان ها می داد.
از میون شخصیت های فرعی اما ترول قصه، مازارین مرموز، موردعلاقه م بود و بی نهایت دلم می خواست حضور پررنگ تری می داشت.
ریتم داستان هیجان و مرموزیت خاصی داشت که خواننده رو به دنبال خودش می کشوند. شاید در اواسط قصه ریتم کمی کند شد اما با نزدیک شدن به یک سوم پایانی، دوباره اوج گرفت.
پایان داستان رو دوست داشتم و در کل می تونم بگم که این کتاب جزو تک جلدی های فانتزی قرار گرفت که به سلیقه های مختلف می تونم پیشنهادش کنم.
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581 reviews86 followers
January 10, 2022
Be patient, be shrewd.

Holy moly ME OH MY…. This book was EPIC. I loved every second. The second I started this book I just couldn’t put it down and it only took me a day to read it because I just had to keep going. My first thoughts when I read through it were “why the heck did they name their child Clementine?! Are they hoping she’ll hang out with Apple Martin and Blanket Jackson in the weird name kids club?! Madness” and then I discovered her nickname was anna Clem and I thought that was super cute.

I really really liked Phelan from the get go, and my gut screamed at me that Phelan and Clem should be together and live long happy lives with each other, so imagine my surprise when that new moon battle happens and I’m supposed to dislike him?! No, I just couldn’t. I wouldn’t. I was firmly in team Phelan and I wasn’t going to change my mind. I didn’t like Clem’s dad, Ambrose, from the beginning, again.. Ambrose?.. come on… some of these names really annoyed me… but I digress, good ole Ambie really pissed me off from the get go, I got a weird vibe from him and I just didn’t trust him. Mazarine, however, I trusted from the get go, mostly because everyone was telling Clem to stay away from her.

Anyways, this was a lovely quick read and I loved it, I wish the names of the characters were better… a lot better… but other than that the only other thing that was kind of weird to me was how you could just stay inside and lock the doors because the nightmares couldn’t get into your house uninvited… so then what’s the point of the dream wardens?? Surely you all can just stay inside your house every new moon and be done with it? I dunno… but that and the names aside I loved every second of this book. It’s one I would happily read again.

If you like books with magic, rivals, enemies to lovers then I think you'll enjoy this read!
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May 5, 2021
Why isn't more people screaming over this cover!!
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173 reviews83 followers
November 10, 2021
This book exceeded all of my expectations. It was the perfect mix of fantasy, action and romance. I’m not even sure if this is my final rating— it might be bummed up to a 5-star read. If you thought the front cover was stunning, the inside is just as stunning.

This is a book you definitely need to look out for!

I’m finishing up my book review so hopefully it’ll be up by the end of this week so stay tuned!
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285 reviews245 followers
April 18, 2023
”One does not realize how powerful a dream is, in the sleeping world as well as the waking one, until it has been stolen from them”.

Wow, I don’t know how to sum up my feelings for this one.
The entire concept was giving mountain legend vibes. The story was driven by secrets and revenge, add a sprinkling of romance, a healthy dose of magic and you have this book.

I think I love what Rebecca Ross did here, it was vibrant even through its moodiness. I felt for the characters and I was enchanted by this section of this magical world.

I do wish I got more: more answers, more development etc. But as a standalone? This was great and I’m eager to continue reading everything Ross has ever written (because that’s what I’m being called to do).

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468 reviews253 followers
April 3, 2022
Is anyone surprised? I'm certainly not.
One of the best books I've read so far this year ❤️‍🔥
I. Loved. Everything.

• Magicians - Curse
• Nightmares coming to life
• Interesting history & great worldbuilding
• Rivalry - Family love - Secrets - Deceit
• Character Development
• Enemies-to-Lovers Romance

I literally can't find a thing I didn't like. It's by far my favorite book from Rebecca Ross, will see if it remains that way after I read her new book though 👀
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262 reviews5 followers
November 12, 2021
I really wanted to like this book, but ultimately I ended up with a 2.5-star rating rounded down to 2.

I finished this book a week ago and I'm struggling to remember the plot, which is already a red flag that this book doesn't really hold together as well as it should. From what I can remember, the book opens with a girl--Clem--and her father performing their duties as nightmare wardens for a town with some vaguely fae-sounding name (Hereswith??) where citizens' nightmares come to life on each new moon. Two brothers--Phelan and Lennox--show up and challenge the father-daughter duo for the right to fight nightmares in the town, and Clem and her father lose the magicians duel and must relinquish their right to warden the town.

Up until this point, this book was a solid 3-star read, edging toward a 4-star read.

The problems start soon after Clem and her father leave Hereswith. They pack up and relocate to a city where Clem's mother lives, and they kind of drop in on her and live with her for a while. Meanwhile Phelan also comes back to this city and sets up his own nightmare warden business and he's looking for a partner. So Clem decides, "well, this guy disgraced me so I'm going to disgrace him by completely altering the way I look and becoming his deputy warden! Ha! That'll sure show him!"

And that's what happens. Except of course Clem and Phelan start having feelings for each other--

[I feel a need to pause here to point out just how unfortunate these characters' names are. If you read the names Clem and Phelan in enough sentences, the words blur together until you end up with Phlegm, and that is how I will forever think of this ship. #teamphlegm]

--and then, wouldn't you know it, all of Phelan and Clem's extended family members are actually the cause of the century-old curse that makes people's nightmares appear at the new moon. And so what started out as a neat dueling magician story ends up being a complicated mess of a fairy tale involving lots of twins, lots of backstabbing, and legitimately no f*cks given on behalf of the reader. The plot is so hopelessly complicated that I can't even explain how it ends, except to say that somehow everyone who is Bad is punished and Phlegm survives to fight another day (except, they're duke/duchess now, somehow, and also there's nothing left to fight because they supposedly broke the curse?).

Anyway. Tl;dr: A book that started with a lot of promise lost its way and ended not with a bang, but with a whimper. All hail this sacrifice to the YA Fantasy gods. May its finer points be resurrected and welded someday by a nobler hand.
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1,115 reviews349 followers
May 21, 2023

Adoré profundamente este libro, me encanta Rebecca, pero con este libro se posicionó entre las autoras que quiero leer todo lo que saquen. Me encantó el mundo que construyó y sus personajes, de verdad, uno de mis favoritos del año.

Clementine está entrenando para ser la sucesora de su padre como maga que proteja el pueblo, pero cuando sean retados en un duelo y deban abandonar su hogar todo se desmoronará. Por suerte, Clementine está decidida a no rendirse e idea un interesante plan para recuperar todo lo que le quitaron.

Me gustó cada aspecto de la construcción de mundo de este libro, el tema de los magos, el que se podía aprender y entrenar y no fuera algo genético o aleatorio, la lógica del mundo que se me hizo muy El castillo ambulante, el componente fantástico de los sueños, el mito de los engendros y el ducado en las montañas. Me encantó cómo Rebecca combinó todos estos componentes para construir un mundo que se sintió muy rico y complejo.

Clementine me encantó, su fuerza, el cómo adoraba su pequeño pueblo y su incapacidad de dejarlo ir, de hecho, sí que tuvo actitudes inmaduras, pero me parecieron muy acorde a su edad, su crianza y situación actual. Era una chica fuerte e inteligente, que sentía que tenía mucha oscuridad dentro de sí, rencores, miedos y culpabilidad. Sin embargo, el estar consciente de esto era lo que la volvía una buena persona aunque ella no lo supiera.

"A veces las cosas tienen que romperse antes de que puedan volver a construirse, para así poder forjar algo más fuerte"

Phelan también me encantó, me gusta mucho la lógica de un erudito dedicado a su trabajo, formal, responsable y preocupado por las personas a su cargo. Era un mago fuerte e inteligente, pero también uno que estaba sumamente consciente de sus debilidades y temía no ser suficiente, creo que eso lo volvía muy interesante. Además, la dinámica entre Clementine y Phelan me pareció preciosa, me encantaron cada uno de sus encuentros.

Admito que disfruté mucho más la primera mitad que la segunda. Se veía venir el tema de los engendros y todo eso, sí, era evidente, pero creí que quizá habría un poco más al respecto o un pequeño giro, aunque no. Curiosamente, cuando se produce el quiebre en la historia quedé con la sensación de que el mundo tan rico que creó Rebecca se achicó en vez de agrandarse. Lo que era un mundo enorme y lleno de magia, con una historia en un punto específico, se sintió de golpe que todo fue reducido a un puñado de personajes y un solo lugar.

El final con los sueños y estas peleas cada noche fue interesante, no me convenció del todo, lo admito, pero fue interesante. Creo que visualmente se me hizo interesante, aunque no tanto en el aspecto como de qué tan impactante fue o así. De hecho, lo sentí algo tibio para lo que esperaba. Sin embargo, el final como tal del libro o el resultado de la lucha, se veía venir, pero aun así lo disfruté un montón, fue muy bello.

Creo que lo que más me gustó fue el mundo de la primera mitad, la estética (en mi cabeza) muy de El castillo ambulante , con este mundo en el que la magia se podía aprender y estudiar, que era un trabajo para algunos y esos trabajos nocturnos con los sueños. Seguía siendo un sistema de magia blando, en el que nunca quedaba tan claro cómo funcionaba, pero creo era parte de la gracia, una magia extraña de la que no sabíamos sus límites.

La maldición de los sueños es una historia autoconclusiva con un mundo muy rico creado por su autora, dos personajes encantadores y maravillosos con una gran química y una maldición interesante y única.

"Había olvidado lo vital que es que te conozcan por quien eres y no por lo que finges ser. Había olvidado lo maravilloso que era que te vieran, incluso con tus defectos y cicatrices. Quería que me vieras. Pero no puedo arriesgarme ahora. No hasta que llegue el final. Tú me lo pones más difícil porque me he encariño contigo de la forma más imposible"
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698 reviews283 followers
March 24, 2023
This is my new favorite fantasy standalone. Its been over a week since i've finished and I still am thinking about it. I've been sitting on my review because I didn't know how to express in words how much I love this story!

"If you want to learn...then it begins here...It begins when you acknowledge and respect who you are -- scars and mistakes and victories and accomplishments all accounted for"

Rebecca Ross writes stories and concepts that always feel fresh and like something I haven't read before. I couldn't help pulling out my tabs and underlining so many moments in this book.

Dreams Lie Beneath is a story about magic, identity, and uncovering the past. The magic was so good. I think this will be my new gold standard for book with magicians. When a curse is cast upon the land...nightmares begin to manifest in real life making the cities a dangerous place to be. Magicians are created as a line of defense to protect the people.

What I love was that even though this starts as a book about revenge, its a story that shows us that first impressions and anger can always be misplaced. I also really enjoyed that there was a mystery aspect to this book which will have you turning pages. The romance? Slow burn, sweet, and so so good. I appreciate that Ross writes for true YA readers but this romance and story can be enjoyed by all.

The love interest is quiet and considerate and I seriously think this is my kryptonite when it comes to male main characters. (all the heart eyes for ******) they are rivals and they are not. I loved the complexity of their relationship.

"and if you had departed as I first wanted, I would have soon come for you"

The setting was wonderful and atmospheric, every character whether or good or bad was skillfully crafted and the ending has me in its grasp! If you haven't tried one of Ross' books before, let me tell you that this is a good place to start. I can see myself reading and recommending this one for years to come.
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168 reviews57 followers
November 25, 2022
A brilliant and creative masterpiece. Ross writes beautifully, vividly, realistically - the entire story is a DREAM. It's raw and gripping but also descriptive and lovely. A delicious treat. I related to Clem, the heroine - surprisingly, we're both rather intelligent but also can be vengeful and manipulative but at the same time rather sorry and worried and intimidated even though we pretend we're not. And I was impressed by Phelan (because honestly, I love how he is one of the few people Clem - or me for that matter - can ever look up to =). The world and setting is Victorian-inspired and DUELING MAGICIANS PEOPLE. Dreams/nightmares coming alive! I'm always in for that. :D

So yeah.... I'm still trying to recover. (WHY is it that it's the most brilliant books that I have the most difficulty writing reviews for??!! o.O) So yep. Naturally a proper Review To Come! <3 I'm trying to collect all of my PostIt tags right now so I can type down my favorite quotes/moments....
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1,046 reviews243 followers
January 25, 2023
Rebecca Ross es una autora que me gusta mucho y suelo disfrutar muchísimo de sus libros. Esta no ha sido una excepción y me ha parecido una lectura maravillosa.

🌹La prosa de la autora me resulta bellísima. Es como adentrarte en un cuento de hadas, misterioso y con un montón de peligros, en este caso, pesadillas. Es una pasada lo bien que consigue trasmitir la autora toda la belleza y misterio del lugar que ha creado.

🌹En ese sentido, la ambientación es uno de los grandes puntos fuertes de la novela, creando una gran asmósfera llena de fantasía, maldiciones, sueños... me ha encandilado. Me ha recordado mucho a la trilogía de Caraval y todo lo que me hizo sentir, un lugar de sueños

🌹La trama me ha parecido bastante original, el tema de la maldición, las pesadillas cobrando forma, los magos guardianes de los pueblos...en cuanto empecé a leer quedé totalmente fascinada y no pude parar hasta el final.

🌹Los personajes me han gustado muchísimo. Clem/Anna es una chica con la que he empatizado bastante y me ha parecido muy fuerte y valiente, con sus defectos también. Le he cogido mucho cariño, todo el amor que profesa hacia su familia y el deseo de venganza por haberle sido arrebatado el hogar. Phelan también me ha conquistado, lo he adorado. En cuanto a los personajes secundarios, muchos me han resultado interesantes y quería saber más de ellos mientras iba leyendo.

🌹Se trata de un libro autoconclusivo, y queda todo bien cerrado y explicado al final. Me ha convencido.

🥀 La única parte negativa, y no es algo malo del todo, es que me esperaba un poquito más de la historia de amor. A ver, no me malinterpreteis, es preciosa. Es un enemie to lovers que se va cociendo a fuego lento. Simplemente, me hubiese gustado un poquito más de tira y afloja. Tengo la sensación como si me faltara algo. Pero está genial, de verdad.

Os recomiendo muchísimo esta novela, y en general, a la autora. Estoy deseando leer más libros suyos.

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1,514 reviews175 followers
November 20, 2022
Per pero PEROOOOOOOO 🖤🖤🖤
Con lo que me gusta a mí que se explote todo el tema de los sueños, aquí ha sido una pasada, y tanto la trama como los personajes me han encantado <3333333 living con el romance, en serio
February 6, 2022
Not once does clementine think “Maybe i will make the best with what I have” But i suppose if she did the book would be over by page 80. I had to overlook a lot of her choices or decisions because even if they were not what I would have done, plot wise they worked. (were convenient)

To put it in perspective, she's going into a situation knowing little to nothing about whom she is going against (know thine enemies.) and she could care less if she is misunderstanding the whole situation entirely, and yet she still gives up nearly too much considering the situation. Her motives don't match up. She tells you in the beginning of the book her way of using magic, and her overall personality is very reckless. But there is a point where its not reckless in a good way and instead takes a turn more into very stupid.

I have been harsh. It's honestly not as bad as I make it out to be. Even if Clementine is a very rash decisions character, there still leaves room for some character development. living in a new environment among other things is bound to inspire some growth. It is overall enjoyable.
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855 reviews562 followers
May 8, 2021
Some authors are so gifted that I want to weep and thank them for contributing to grace us with their work. Becca Ross is one such author.

Dreams Lie Beneath is stunning in how magic is infused in every page - in how stories are connected and bigger than you could possibly imagine.

Clementine is a character I could read 100 stories about. She’s bold and impulsive and clever. And the story within the story - the seven wraiths - was so well crafted and surprising.

A pure delight from start to finish. A must read Fantasy of the year.
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291 reviews59 followers
January 13, 2023
¡Qué historia tan maravillosa! No decae en ningún instante y engancha demasiado.
What a wonderful story! It does not decay at any time and hooks too much.
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219 reviews26 followers
August 9, 2021
5 stars, thank you to the author for sending me a copy of her book!

"One does not realize how powerful a dream is, in the sleeping world as well as the waking one, until it has been stolen from them."

I'm awed by this book. Full of magic and dreams, this story immediately draws you in with its beautiful writing and bewitching characters. Right from the start, I could tell this was a book to be remembered. Dreams Lie Beneath is the type of book people have been wanting to read, and fellow readers will fall in love with it, just as I have. This book swept me away in a world full of both dreams and nightmares.

This novel had tropes I love (enemies to lovers, revenge arc, hidden identities, one bed, just to name a few) and characters I adore (A Mr. Darcy inspired love interest? He had my heart the moment he appeared on page). Truly, the small components of this book add together to make a beautiful, whole master-piece. I couldn't get enough if it, the writing, the characters, the world, the romance, and so much more.

"You challenged me as if you were a nightmare on a new moon."

One of the many things I admired in this book is the magic and world itself. While complex, Ross does an excellent job of dropping information subtly, and slowly everything starts to click together. The magic itself was amazing, and full of surprises I had never thought of before. I mean, what would you do if nightmares could became reality every new moon? I love the magic Ross created, and the world full of curses and power surrounding it.

Clementine was an amazing main character, and I loved her fierce, independent personality. Due to events in the novel, she must give up a part of herself to get what she wants, and I was awed by her drive and determination. She's truly a character to admire. Her quick wit and strong will were apparent the entire book, even if her plans were derailed by a handsome sorcerer that's not as evil as she would have liked.

"But sometimes things must break before they can be made whole again, so that they can be forged into something stronger."

The mysterious plot was an added bonus to this already spectacular novel. At first, I thought this was going to be a character driven book, but then you start to realize that something sinister lies beneath the surface, and that it's not something to be ignored. The twists and turns of such a darkness were a pleasure to read, and full of surprises I didn't see coming.

All together, Dreams Lie Beneath is more than the sum of its beautifully made parts. It's something new, something unique, a collection of dreaminess and mystery. Past fans of Rebecca Ross won't be disappointed by this new addition to her works, and new readers will fall in love with her wonderful skill at storytelling.

"He turned my fire into smoke, my wind into dust, my light into shadows."
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